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April 1, 1981 – December 14, 2019

This beautiful soul leaves behind his beloved wife Hiroko; children Luke (age 6) and Aira (age 3); parents Lucy & Renato Vera; bother Davin Vera as well as many extended family & friends. Ivan was a devoted son, brother, husband and father.


His dream has always been to own a successful family restaurant where he could share his passion for food and his joy for cooking. Ivan was such a bright light in so many peoples lives and to know his, was to love his family.


A letter from Hiroko:


We miss you so much, we love you so much babe.

Wish you were here with us right now.

You are probably worrying about Luke and Aira but don't worry i'm here for them forever .. and your friends and family have been here for us since you have been gone and they told me that they will be there for our kids forever.

Please look after us from up there ..

Love you miss you,



A letter from Davin:


To Kuya,


Me and my brother were really close. My family and I moved here 30 years ago from the Philippines. It was hard moving to another country; starting a new life, making friends, but me and my brother always had each other. My brother always looked out for me, even as we got older.


He was always smiling, making jokes, and that laugh he had was contagious! He was very kind and had a big heart. He cared a lot for his family and friends. He would always have their back no matter what. I looked up to him growing up; I would tag along with him and his friends when we were teens, he was a big influence in my life.


When we were kids he introduced me to a lot of things; he introduced me to hip hop, cooking, martial arts and tuning cars. Things that I am still very interested in, to this day. He taught me a lot of things; how to be tough because I used to get bullied in elementary and he taught me the joy of being a father and having a family of his own. He always bugged me about settling down

and starting a family of my own. He loved his family a lot. I just wanted you to know that you're

a big reason I am the man I am today.


Cooking was my brother's passion. His dream was to travel the world and experience the different cuisines and authentic flavor profiles in the dishes. Then he wanted to come back and open up a restaurant incorporating the knowledge and experience that he gained from his travels. He didn't get to travel much but he did get to fulfill his dream by opening up his own restaurant.


He had a wife, 2 kids and his own business. He had a bright future ahead of him still.


Seeing you on Friday for the last time you looked so peaceful, you didn't look tired, you weren't in pain or suffering anymore, so you can rest easy now. You don’t have to worry; I'll be there for your family and support them in anyway I can. So keep watching over us, and I'll see you when I see you.


Rest in peace Kuya.


You will forever be in our hearts.


I love you.

Viewing will be held 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2019 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent. Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2019 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 355 Andrews Street. Interment to follow at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue. A luncheon will follow at Lucina & Renato Vera's home, 38 Trieste Way.


His Journey’s Just Begun


Don't think if him as gone away, his journey's just begun

life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears

in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.


Think how he must be wishing that we could only know today

how nothing but our sadness can really pass away.


And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched..

for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.

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